COVID-19 and Forestry and Land Scotland
FLS has reduced its operations to felling that is contributing to essential business requirements to help keep Scotland ticking over. Our staff are working from home where possible; staff who are working continue to practise social distancing rigorously following Government and NHS guidance to keep safe.
Fresh air and being outdoors benefits physical and mental health and well-being, and for local visitors the majority of walking trails on Scotland’s national forests and land remain open. Be aware that staff cannot maintain our standard checks and maintenance. All our mountain biking trails and all car parks are closed.
All visitors are reminded to maintain social distance at all times.
The toilets are closed until further notice due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation.
Towering trees, wonderful wildlife and spectacular views of Loch Ness’ south shore
Take to the trails at Farigaig to spot colourful wildflowers, butterflies and red squirrels, and for impressive views over Loch Ness and towards a dramatic rocky outcrop topped by the iron age fort of Dun Dearduil.
Wind your way to the viewpoints through a mix of broadleaf woodland – at its most vibrant in autumn – and conifers of all ages, including some soaring specimens by lovely Lochan Torr an Tuill. The forest here is a haven for red squirrels and badgers, as well as a host of woodland birds, and in summer dragonflies whizz across the water at the lochan. Take a look at our guide map to explore Farigaig and other forests in this stunning area.
Lochan Tòrr an Tuill Trail (diverted)
A trail notice is in effect
Although this trail remains open, other paths and trails nearby will be affected by ongoing forestry works. Diversions/closures will change as work progresses and will be displayed on the interpretation board in the car park.
Climb steeply on the rocky shoulder of Spital of Boleskine for magnificent views of the ancient fort on Dun Dearduil, before continuing on to the hidden Lochan Tòrr an Tuill.
Section of rough and narrow earth path with muddy and rocky parts. Long steep slopes for up to half a mile.
Allow 1 hour
South Loch Ness Trail
Farigaig is a highlight along the South Loch Ness Trail, a 28 mile (45km) route linking Loch Tarff near Fort Augustus with Torbreck on the edge of Inverness. Most of the trail is easily accessible for walking, cycling and horse-riding and roughly follows the line of the historic General Wade’s Military Road along the loch shore.
More trails from Farigaig
There is a network of paths from the Farigaig car park as well as our waymarked trail, including a link over the hill to nearby Foyers. The Highland Council’s Paths around Foyers leaflet gives you more information.
For a longer walk, try the Farigaig Circular - continue on past the lochan following the Trail of the 7 Lochs, cut across to the South Loch Ness Trail when you reach the main road and return via the forest road. If you’re short of time, you don’t have to go far to enjoy the scenery – the viewpoint at the start of the trail is a great place to take in the view.
Facilities & access
There are public toilets, parking and places to eat and drink in nearby Foyers and Inverfarigaig.
Farigaig Forest is on the south side of Loch Ness, beside the B852 near Inverfarigaig.
From Inverness, take the B862 to Dores and then the B852 to Inverfarigaig. From Fort Augustus, take the B862 to Whitebridge and then the B852 via Foyers to reach Inverfarigaig.
At Inverfarigaig, look for the turning to Errogie, also marked with Forestry Commission signs to Farigaig. The car park is about 100 yards (100 metres) up this road on the right hand side.
The car park is at grid reference NH 522 237.
Nearest postcode: IV2 6XR
There is an infrequent bus service between Inverness and Fort Augustus that stops at Inverfarigaig. You’ll find details at Traveline Scotland.
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